Friday, August 7, 2009

A woman's worth

Do you know this woman?

You really should. She's smart, funny, amazing, creative, thoughtful, classy, honest, loving, gracious, beautiful and she's my mom. I am one lucky girl, I can tell you that.

She has been on my mind a lot over the last few weeks. I saw this and it really got me thinking.

Actually, it got me more than just thinking, I was crying by the end of it. I actually felt like I'd been struck by a brick with the realization that this summer marks the 10 year anniversary of my mom being diagnosed with breast cancer. That's right. My senior year of high school my mother was diagnosed with cancer just a week or so before I graduated. I have been through some scary times in my life, but not knowing if you would lose your mom or not is right around the top of the list.

My mom is such a strong woman. If you saw her, besides her little bald head, you'd never even guess the battle she was fighting. She had such an amazing spirit about her. All of the doctors adored her and the nurses would often come into her room to relax because of how soothing it was to be in there and to be around her. She was strong for us and it was what I needed to badly to get though it all.

It wasn't until watching that video that I really sat and thought of what she must have been going through during it all. She was always so positive and confident, it saddens me to think of what she must have been going through behind closed doors. Was she scared too?

I am so grateful that I still have my mom.
I speak to her almost everyday and often calling my mom is one of the first things I do for the day.

She has always been there for me and she helps me to be a better mom.

There are many times as a parent where I find myself asking, "How would mom have handled this."

My kids are head over heals for her and they would all move in with her in a heart beat. She really is an amazing Grandma.

She never does anything half way. Everything she does is spectacular, down to the tiniest detail. She has such an eye for decorating and party planning. She thinks of things most people wouldn't dream of and she always finds a way to pull it off.
Every time she cooks it's the best meal ever.

She is so generous and loving. She has taken in SO many people to live with us over the years, with out even really knowing most of them, just because they needed someone to help them, love them, and show them the way. She has always taught me to leave things nicer than you found it and she truly lives that way. She has a way of helping people be better than before they met her. She only sees the good in people and would never speak ill of anyone.

I am so grateful that I still have my mom. I'm not done needing her yet.